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Making Foreign Policy
Transcript of Making Foreign Policy
7-3 Making Foreign Policy
As Commander-in-Chief and Chief Diplomat, the President plays a major role in shaping United States foreign policy.
A nation's overall plan for dealing with other nations
Ability to keep the country safe from attack or harm
** Cannot meet other goals until this is in check!
Creates markets for American products and jobs for American workers
Promote World Peace
War anywhere puts international trade and national security at risk!
Promote Democracy Around World
Human rights and peace benefit everyone!!
The President and Congress compete over who actually controls foreign policy.
Tools of Foreign Policy
1.) Treaties and Executive Agreements
- agreement between 2+ foreign governments
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Mutual defense treaty between US, Canada, and nations of Europe
2.) Appointing Ambassadors
- official representative of a country's government
President appoints ~150 ambassadors to rep USA
3.) Foreign Aid
Money, food, supplies, military assistance to help other countries
- program to help restore Western Europe after World War II
4.) International Trade
- punish another nation by imposing trade barriers
- several countries agree to stop trading with a
5.) Military Force
Commander in Chief
can use military to carry out foreign policy
** President Bush sent troops to capture Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 2003
With a national debt of $16 trillion, we should cut our foreign aid in order to balance our budget.
How ethical are your clothes? (Consider where they are made, what type of labor, etc.)
When should military force become a foreign policy option?
Do you support or oppose the U.s. current policy regarding the use of drone strikes?
President Obama said, "Politicians in both parties suggest that we can somehow close our entire deficit by eliminating things like foreign aid, even though foreign aid makes up about 1% of our entire budget."
White House spokesman Jay Carney defended current U.S. drone policy, saying they are used to mitigate threats, stop plots, prevent future attacks and save American lives.
"These strikes are legal, they are ethical and they are wise," he said.